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on 3 July 2013
Two lovely,gentle and wistful French films about a boy growing up in Marseilles and Provence. Beautifully filmed and full of light humour and a little drama.sad also how the second film(Le chateau....) ends.After the idyllic days of childhood death and the dark shadow of war ends an era of peace and seemingly never-ending summer.Delightfully acted as well.
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on 3 April 2013
To get both of these films in one set is a bargain. Blu-ray disc quality is very good. Subtitles in English cannot be switched off, so if you speak French it is better to get the French release from Amazon in France.
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This coupling of these two consecutive stories by the author are most sensitively done as all film supporters will know. They transport the viewer back in time in the most convincing way by keeping everything simple. These stories relate to a world without so many of the complications of modern life. The sensitivity applies to both the filming choices and to the acting.

No more need be said about the content of the two films as this review is not about preaching to the converted. One point raised by a lone alternative reviewer needs to be challenged though and that relates to the comprehension of the subtitles, Speaking personally there was no problem in following the stories as they develop. There is no plot of course as these are essentially biographical in nature and follow a chronological course.

The other related point concerning subtitles which may influence purchasers is that the English subtitles cannot be switched off. This will be helpful for many and irritating possibly for those fluent in French who might prefer the French-only option from France.

Otherwise ......

For all of those who are keen supporters of this film and who have bought the previous DVD versions of this discs, the only issue of vital importance will be whether the Blu-ray offers an improvement technically sufficient to justify the additional expense.

For this reviewer the answer is an affirmative. The upgrade offers a clear advance on both image and audio quality The colours are firmer and there is an increase to the perceived depth of the imaging. Both films simply become more 'real.'

The degree of improvement will also depend on the replay equipment used. In this case the audio could be described as markedly 'high-end' both in hardware terms and in connecting cabling. The television, a more important factor in this case, is of moderate dimensions being a 40 inch screen. However, it is a high performing 4K unit though which will also have had a positive effect. (Larger screens become increasingly compromised in delivering sharp DVD imaging unless larger viewing distances are available. Sharpness is achieved at much closer distances for Blu-ray discs).

Readers with alternative equipment will have to interpret this review bearing in mind their own equipment and its comparative advantages and disadvantages.

The other great attraction of this issue lies in the very economical pairing of these two related films allowing the viewer to follow the entire chronological sequence in significantly improved quality.
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on 31 January 2013
Wonderful stories, funny and moving, that are here beautifully acted. The films actually lived up to the books - amazingly.
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on 28 August 2014
Most enjoying for the 65+ French that remember what our Grand-Mothers told us about our families during the1900ish. Families were split between those who were still for a return to a royal family, very pre-Vatican 2 Roman Catholics and those who were 'radical', anti-clerical and most republican. In reality, such different views could be more aggressive, like during l'affaire Dreyfus. Now in the news, Marcel painted the Alsace and Lorraine purple. France lost the Alsace and Loraine after the defeat of Sedan in 1870. The French did not go to War in 1914 'for God, King and Country' but singing 'Vous n'aurez pas l'Alsace et la Loraine' (You won't have the Alsace/Loraine). Under a 'feel good factor and bitter-sweet' story, it is wonderfully accurate when it comes to lifestyle etc. I thoroughly enjoy Marcel Pagnol.
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on 14 September 2015
Warning: if you're happy to just 'look' at the movie then buy, but if you want to understand the story and the characterisation don't bother. Difficult to give an accurate or fair comment on it due to the incredibly poor subtitles. I know the story and have some French but found watching the 1st film too frustrating to enjoy. Haven't seen it to the end nor have I watched the 2nd. I bought this for my partner (who has no French) and I to enjoy over the winter months and as an antidote to the British summer weather. Lacking adequate subtitles, it was a huge disappointment. Had I spotted the comments others have made regarding the subtitles or lack of, I wouldn't have made the purchase .
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on 5 August 2013
The setting and photography were stunning, the acting was superb, and the simple, moving story make these movies a joy to watch. I can thoroughly recommend them. The beauty of the scenery means that following subtitles is no chore at all.
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La douce France, cher pays de mon enfance!
Engaging story of a family. Papa, Mama. Son. going to live on a holiday, travelling with difficulty.
Costumes and environments all in style of 1905.
Sweet, entertaining, engaging, LOVELY
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on 30 September 2015
I simply love this was my dream family. If all families in the world were like this,we would have paradise on earth.
I know not possible but what a dream.
Its a lovely story and great acting from all except the uncle,he was hideous but over the top on makeup.
Buy it love it and watch it over and over again.
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on 8 December 2013
Gentle, fascinating, transports the viewer to another world - if you loved Jean de Fleurette you'll love this. One of those films you'll always remember.
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